Fri June 9 - Sun June 11
Salome, The Swan, Stratford, Fri June 2-Sept 6
Owen Horsley directs Oscar Wilde’s controversial one act play, Salome, originally banned in the UK, marking 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality. This contemporary 1hr 40 min poetic masterpiece will place sexual ambiguity at the core with male actor Matthew Tennyson playing Salome (features nudity and ‘scenes of a sexual nature’, just so you know!).
rsc.org.uk, Tel: 01789 403493
Creating the Countryside, Compton Verney Art Gallery & Museum, until Sun June 18
You’ve only got a couple of weeks left to enjoy this superb critically-acclaimed exhibition which features depictions of country life from Old Masters, including Thomas Gainsborough, to some intriguing sculptures, interactive computer games , modern art and a stunning Grayson Perry vase. Highly recommended!
Coventry food & Drink Festival, Broadgate, Coventry, June Fri 9-Sun June 11
Coventry Food & Drink Festival is back for a second year with a special guest – four-time Michelin star chef, AA Rosette winner and TV personality Jean-Christophe Novelli, who is currently starring in ITV’s ‘Culinary Genius’. He’ll be offering hints and tips during mouth-watering demos on Sat and Sun. This year the three-day festival, with support from Coventry BID, will include late night opening on Fri and Sat. More than 50 traders will be exhibiting including Fargo Village’s Twisted Barrel, The Travelling Bartender, The Paneer Wrap Company, Gourmet Place, Retro Lilly, Taste of Thailand, Boo Fes Italian and lots more.
Vice Versa, The Swan, Stratford, until Sept 9
An entertaining new farce ‘lovingly ripped off ‘from the Roman comedies of Plutus by playwright Phil Porter (2014’s WWW1 drama The Christmas Truce & 2013’s very funny A Mad World My Masters). A clever servant and a pair of wronged young lovers team up to bamboozle Trump-like pompous general. Felix Hayes is fantastic as the bombastic General Braggadocio, playing his servant, Dexter, is the wonderfully charismatic Sophia Nomvete, whose credits include The Colour Purple (Menier Chocolate Factory) and As You Like It (Shakespeare’s Globe). And ‘Allo ‘Allo star Kim Hartman as you’ve never seen her before as ‘lady of the night’ – Climax! Read her My Favourite Places here.
Queen’s Birthday Royal Cream Tea, Ragley Hall, Sat June 10
Put on your twin-set and pearls on to celebrate the Queen’s Birthday with a Royal Cream Tea, Royal Photobooth and if your name’s Elizabeth you can get in for free. Her Maj won’t be there in person though!
Room, Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, until Sat June 24
An exhibition of installations, sculptures and photographs by 13 international women artists exploring ideas around architecture and the domestic environment from the 1970s to present day. Artworks include Nan Goldin’s photographic series, Empty Rooms, Berlin/Hamburg (1983-96), taken in brothels, hotels and gay bars, and Brit artist Sarah Lucas’s installation Chuffing Away to Oblivion (1996) – a flimsy cabin made from a timber frame and brown paper, lined on the inside with tabloid newspapers. She has constructed a nicotine-stained smoking den papered with tabloid soft porn – a masculine environment made by a woman artist. It’s been curated by Laura Lord from Sadie Coles HQ, London. Free.
Jodie Prenger in Shirley Valentine, The Belgrade, Coventry, Tues June 6 – Sat June 10
If you fancy something light and frothy, award-winning actress Jodie Prenger stars in Willy Russell’s heart-warming comedy visiting Coventry as part of a 30th anniversary tour. This one-character comedy follows Liverpool housewife Shirley on a 2 week trip to Greece. The stage production took the world by storm when it first premiered in 1986, and went on to be adapted into an Oscar-nominated film starring Pauline Collins and Tom Conti.
Comedy of Errors, Packwood House, Lapworth nr Solihull, Sat June 10
Outdoor Theatre by The Lord Chamberlain’s Men perform in the beautiful gardens of restored Tudor House Packwood, 7.30pm – 10pm.
nationaltrust.org.uk/packwood-house, Tel: 0344 249 1895.
Carmen – Fire and Fate, Studio Theatre, Warwick Arts Centre, Fri June 9
Following her debut solo recital at Cadogan Hall in 2016, internationally renowned American mezzo-soprano Kirstin Chávez returns to the UK to perform her conceptual production Carmen – Fire and Fate, a one-woman show with dancing, drama and Bizet’s stunning music. In the UK she’s performed Carmen for The Welsh National Opera and The Marquise de Merteuil in Luca Francesconi’s Quartett at the Royal Opera House, London. This exciting new piece will be staged at 7.45 pm.
The Addams Family, Birmingham Hippodrome, Tues June 6–Sat June 10
Wednesday Addams is all grown up and has a shocking secret – she’s fallen in love with a sweet, young man from a respectable family. With Morticia in the dark will Gomez manage to keep his daughter’s secret until the two families meet for a fateful dinner with hilarious consequences? Musical comedy Starring Samantha Womack as Morticia, Les Dennis as Uncle Fester, and Carrie Hope Fletcher as Wednesday, for ages 7+. Read Muddy Northants review here.